TVLine Items: Sarah Paulson Enters Horror Story, CBS Renews Big Brother and More

Sarah Paulson has scared up a plum part in FX’s American Horror Story.

The Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip actress will play medium Billie Dean during a four-episode arc, reports E! Online. Most of her scenes will be opposite Jessica Lange as the nosy, peculiar neighbor to the Harmons.

The series, which hails from Glee creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, revolves around the Harmon family — played by Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton and Taissa Farmiga — who move into a house with a haunted history.

Paulson’s past TV credits include Grey’s Anatomy, where she played young Ellis Grey, and ABC’s Cupid reboot.

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CBS has renewed Big Brother for a 14th season to debut in Summer 2012. The current cycle wraps up Wednesday with a 90-minute finale at 9:30/8:30c. has your first look at Addison enlisting Dr. Jake’s helping in making a baby on Private Practice.

Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, LeAnn Rimes, Cobra Starship with Sabi and OneRepublic have been added to the roster of guest performers on Wednesday’s finale of America’s Got Talent, airing at 8/7c on NBC.

Serial guest star Rachael Harris has landed a two-episode arc on NBC’s new comedy series Free Agents, reports.

Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) is staying in business with ABC. The network has bought Walk of Shame, a single-camera comedy written by Wilson and June Diane Raphael and produced by Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends With Benefits), per Deadline.

Fox is turning the DC Comics property The Spectre into a TV series. Brandon Camp (John Doe) will pen the script, reports Deadline. Meanwhile, CBS is developing a modern take on Sherlock Holmes.

Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Scott Caan (Hawaii Five-0), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Claire Danes (Homeland), Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova) and Kerry Washington (Scandal) have been added as presenters at this Sunday’s Emmys.

Former 10 Things I Hate About You and Greek writer Carter Covington has sold two new comedies, Where’s My Wand at ABC and Threepete at Fox, per Deadline.

Turner Classic Movies will pay tribute to Oscar-winning actor Cliff Robertson, who passed away over the weekend, by airing seven of his movies on Sept. 19.

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Comments (5)

  • Really, CBS? The BBC already did the whole modern Sherlock Holmes and it was pretty excellent. I doubt you could do it any better.

    Comment by veronica – September 14, 2011 11:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The BBC version is amazing. I’ve watched it at least 3 times on Netflix Instant.

      Comment by Mikaylah – September 14, 2011 11:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I hope they do the franchise proud, but it will take a lot to beat the BBC’s series.

      Comment by Matt – September 14, 2011 12:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not sure about the take on a modern day Sherlock. Benedict Cumberbatch was made for that role and I don’t think anyone can compare to him

    Comment by Meg – October 28, 2011 12:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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